Massachusetts Officer Killed With Own Firearm, Officials Say

July 16, 2018
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The small town of Weymouth Mass. Mourns the loss of an Iraq war veteran and officer as well as an elderly woman. The two lost their lives Sunday morning when a suspect fled to avoid capture. The accused suspect was fresh out of jail on pretrial probation from a drug charge.

A police officer and bystander died Sunday from wounds sustained when a suspect allegedly took the officer’s gun and fired following a vehicle crash and a foot chase.

Weymouth officer Michael Chesna was shot multiple times by his own firearm around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, and died from the injuries at South Shore Hospital, officials said. An unidentified elderly woman also died after being hit by stray bullets in a nearby home, authorities said.

Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said the shooting suspect, 20-year-old Emmanuel Lopes, was in custody- WBUR reported.

Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Chesna was a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who leaves behind a wife and two children, aged 4 and 9.

“I hired Mike Chesna six years ago tomorrow,” said Grimes, who added that Chesna’s mother had told him “he joined the military to help open the doors to get on this job [as a police officer].”

“He was one of those people who truly sought this job and was fortunate enough to get it,” Grimes said.

According to Fox News, Chesna’s body was removed from the hospital, and transported via procession of multiple law enforcement agencies to the state’s medical examiner office, where he will be evaluated. Dozens of police saluted the vehicle carrying the officer’s body, and mourners placed bouquets by the Weymouth Police Headquarters.

April Visco, 43, told the Boston Globe she heard 10 to 20 shots fired. She said she ran outside and heard someone yell, “get on the ground,” three times.

“Everyone says ‘it doesn’t happen in my neighborhood,’” she told the Globe. “It does happen everywhere.”

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin released a statement after the incident, sending condolences to Chesna and his family.

The full statement read:

“On behalf of the Massachusetts State Police I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Chesna, the family of the Weymouth woman who was also killed, and the Weymouth Police Department. The State Police Detective Unit for Norfolk County, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Ballistics Section, and our State Police Crime Lab will work tirelessly alongside District Attorney Morrissey and the Weymouth Police Department to speak for these two victims by holding the defendant accountable for these horrific crimes.”

— Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, the superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police

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